Collin Gladys, Fitness Instructor

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Collin Gladys, Fitness Instructor



Collin’s fitness journey began 20 years ago as a competitive athlete. He played multiple competitive sports growing up, but had a significant amount of success, particularly in swimming. By the age of 12, Collin had set over 10 Southern California Age Group Records, along with several U.S. National Age Group Records (one of those records, was once previously held by Michael Phelps), and was named to the USA Swimming National Select Team. So at the young age of 12, Collin’s fitness journey began as he started training with his first and only Personal Trainer. From 12, all the way until he left for college, Collin trained with his trainer 2-3 days a week, prior to his two hour swim practice. In those 4 years of High School, Collin’s trainer helped him become a 14 time High School All American, Sunset League Champion- 4 years & MVP of Sunset League- 2 years, CIF D-1 Champion- 2 years, CIF Masters Champion- 2 years, set multiple school and league records, and was named on the First Team- All County Team- 4 years in a row. This was how and when Collin started seeing the benefits/importance of strength training, and the correlation it had with his success in the pool. Collin continued his strength & conditioning journey as a Freshman on the Collegiate Swim Team at Arizona State University. Where he finished 6th place at finals in the 200 Individual Medley at PAC-10 Championships. After his Freshman Season, he had placed on the All-Time Top 10 list at ASU for three different individual events as well as two relays. After “red-shirting” his Sophomore year, he decided to transfer to Auburn for a quick & brief semester. Then in January 2009, he transferred to the University of Redlands at the Spring semester of his Junior year. This is where he would finish out the remainder years of his collegiate eligibility and where he would earn his undergraduate degree in Sociology. At Redlands, he would win a 2009 D3 National Championship in the 200 Induvial Medley and would later go on to achieving 7x, D3 All American Times, along side with 13x All American Honorable Mention. He also earned Olympic Trial Time Standards in both the 100 meter Breaststroke and 100 meter Butterfly.
After finishing his undergrad in 2012 and earning his BA in Sociology, he moved back to Orange County. There, he would become the Head Men’s & Women’s coach at Yorba Linda High School for 6 years. During his tenure, him and his business partners started a Year Around Competitive Aquatics Program called EAST (Elite Aquatic Sports Team), where he was COO and Head Coach of the Competitive Swim side for 6 years. Collin was in charge of program/training design from the Senior Group (HS kids) all the way down to the Swim School. Later, him and his business Partners would open up a gym in 2015 called Tri-Flex Fitness. As if he wasn’t busy enough, he also decided to enroll into his first Master Program which was a Master In Arts, in Athletic Administration/Coaching at the University of Irvine Concordia. While in the midst of his first Masters program, He was hired on at Cypress College where he served as an Assistant Swim Coach his first two years, then becoming the Head Men’s Swim Coach from 2017 to 2021, where he was in-charge of Program Design for both in pool training and outside of the pool training aka “strength & conditioning”. During that time as an Assistant Coach, he finished his Master in Arts and immediately enrolled into a second Masters Program, which was Master in Science program at Azusa Pacific University in Physical Education. After completing my second program, he was now allowed to teach classes at the college that’s what I did for the past three years. He taught classes such as Spin, Bootcamp which was basically a HIIT interval training, and Step Aerobics to name a few. He also has lots of experience with training big & small groups and in 2018, got his 200HR Yoga Teacher Training Cert. For The past 4 years, he’s also been working as a Personal Trainer. Where he trained clients one on one, as well as small groups at a little boutique gym in Anaheim Hills called Private Fitness. Once the pandemic happened, he continued to personal train clients, just through a few different workout apps.

In the 20 year fitness journey Collin has been on, he has experienced every side of the spectrum. Firstly, he was a client/trainee. Then, that followed by being an owner/manager. Last but certainly not least, he was a trainer/coach. Being that he had experienced each role that the Fitness Spectrum has to offer, Collin could easliy relate to each situation from the three different perspectives. That allows him to be able to relate too, each individual and their given situation. Collin uses his past experiences as an athlete/owner/coach and applies it to his training philosophy. He trains everyone as if they were his athlete. Straight forward and direct, with the focus on proper technique and form to help prevent injuries. There are two sayings/quotes that he lives by and preaches that can be tied to your everyday life and fitness journey. Those two quotes are, “You have to be comfortable, with the uncomfortable”. Working out and getting into shape will not be comfortable. So its important to be able to get and be comfortable with that discomfort. The other saying is, “Consistency and performance, defines success”. Meaning that in order to see the results that you want, you must be consistent with how often you’re working out and the effort that you put in on a daily, needs to be consistent as well.

Degrees & Certificate’s:
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Redlands.
Master of Arts in Athletic Administration/Coaching from University of Irvine Concordia
Master of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University
AMFPT (American Muscle & Fitness) International Personal Trainer Cert
Red Cross Water Safety/CPR/Lifeguard Certified
Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructors Cert
200HR Yoga Teacher Cert


10-MIN Full Body Stretch

10-Min Glute Focused Row-N-Ride

15-MIN Vinyasa Flow Yoga